Cocktails at Conspiracy

On Sunday I found my way to Conspiracy, a craft cocktail bar in Middletown, CT, inspired by the prohibition era, the drinks are classic, the bar feels swanky and comfortable, and even the entrance is an unmarked door leading to an unassuming staircase. Stepping foot inside the bar does feel transformative. Exposed brick walls with large arched windows flooded the space with natural light on that afternoon. It is said that the type of seating found at a bar is indicative of the crowd the bar wants; hard stools with no backs mean they want the customers to keep moving. Where as a padded stool with a back is an invitation to stay a while. The moment I laid eyes on the mint green leather bar stools at Conspiracy, I knew I wanted an extended stay.

The bar was closed to everyone but the twenty or so bloggers, so it was nice to feel like we could snap photos, rearrange furniture, and enjoy the space without worrying about intruding on any other guests. For my cocktail, I had The Business, a simple gin drink with lemon and honey. When it comes to cocktails, I always just go for whichever one has gin, and I've yet to be let down by that method.

It turned out to be another spring-like day, and I decided I needed to pull out this floral midi dress while I could. I also decided to pull out my Jeffrey Campbell platform sandals. If you were reading my blog (or any blog) back in 2010 you might remember they were the trendy blogger must have at the time. They had a good run before other shoes usurped their coveted spot in my closet around 2013, but I never let them go. Now it seems the platforms are rising in popularity again and I thought it would be fun to pull them out again. Gosh I missed being that tall!

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The Rundown
Floral Midi Dress Banana Republic similar
Platform Sandals "Splendid" Jeffrey Campbell similar
Scalloped Clutch Matine
Earrings Taken for Granite similar
Necklaces Luna Norte via TJMaxx
Petite Double Moonstone Ring c/o Moonstone Magic
Opal Ring T by Tahari similar
Sunglasses "Emma" Ray-Ban similar

Linking up with Jeans and a Teacup's Flashback Friday (one year ago today)


  1. They are such fun shoes, and they are so perfect with your dress! It's great you kept holding onto them, they are still so stylish now all these years later!

    Hope you are having a nice week so far! We had a day off yesterday which was lovely, although not as relaxing as I hoped when you have two kids at home, haha! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. I remember these Jeffrey Campbell sandals - and the boots that debuted the same year - so well! I never did get my own pair; in fact, I didn't try Jeffrey Campbell shoes myself until years later, when I discovered, much to my surprise, just how comfortable they are. But none of the pairs I've had had stood the test of time - I sometimes wonder if I part with things I'm not wearing too quickly, because it would be so fun to have a pair of sandals from 2010 to pull out again. And these ones couldn't be lovelier with your floral dress. What a perfect outfit a day of cocktails and photos. I watched your fun at Conspiracy on Instagram over the weekend and must admit to being a bit envious ;)

  3. Ooooh, conspiracy definitely sounds like a place I want to hang out! In love with this look, your dress is gorgeous, and those heels are divine!

    xx, Elise

  4. This dress is SO pretty on you- and the JC sandals give it a nice shot of toughness that I'm digging!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  5. They're still a really fun sandal! And now that they arent the hot thing people will be like WOW I LOVE YOUR SHOES! WHERE ARE THEY FROM! And you can say "they're super old so you can't get them anymore" ha ha.

  6. This looks fabulous, both your dress, shoes and the food in the bar. Would love you to join my #chicandstylish #linkup today. x Jacqui Mummabstylish

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  8. Gorgeous Lady and a gorgeous outfit! I don't know what I love the most - your dress, your sandals or your accessories? Everything looks amazing on you!


  9. That is such a perfect outfit to wear to this (you look insanely glamorous) and the venue looks so lovely. I wish I could visit it.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  10. That dress is so gorgeous! Love the print and length!

  11. what a lovely maxi dress! it looks so pretty on you x
    have a great day!

  12. That looks like such a fun place to have a drink! I love your gorgeous maxi dress!

  13. The bar sounds really nice, and your floral dress is lovely :)

  14. Beautiful dress and a very nice place!

  15. What a fabulous event---it's so nice to have the place to yourself!!!
    And I love those shoes. They remind me of my last pair of Jambu shoes!!

  16. That dress is so stunning! I love the striking black and white and those shoes are really fabulous!

  17. What a fun event! And that bar... whoa, what a showstopper. I love those shoes with that dress!! I do remember when those were all the rage and I think I may still have a similar knock-off pair. Maybe I'll have to pull them out! (If I can still walk in them...)

  18. SUCH a gorgeous maxi dress! Thanks for sharing!
    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

  19. So pretty!!

    xo Kat

  20. Nice and flowy spring dress dear, really pretty for cocktail parties.

    Jessica |

  21. You and M look so good !
    That black and white dress would also look amazing with boots.